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UnMasked: A Generational Shift in Attitudes About Racial Inequity, Diversity And The Unique Implications for Businesses
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2021

This week, Westlaw Today published an article by Dinsmore partner J.T. Wilson III about the generational shift in attitudes toward racial equity in light of George Floyd's death and about how business owners and employers must react accordingly...

Inclusion at Work: Perspectives on LGBT+ Working Lives
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

New research from the CIPD has confirmed that LGBT+ employees experience higher level of work-based conflict, and almost one in five transgender workers feel psychologically unsafe at work. The CIPD’s recent report, Inclusion at work: perspectives on LGBT+ working lives confirms that while workplace inclusivity is fundamental to good, fair work and positive employee outcomes, many organisations have been slow to make headway to support their LGBT+ workforces...

Essential Webinar Series for Employers: DSARs and Other Practical Data Protection Issues for Employers
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

With businesses now building back up following the pandemic, focus has moved onto ensuring organisations are as efficient, effective and resilient as possible. Key to this is ensuring that managers are fully equipped to handle workplace issues. The session focuses on dealing with DSARS and other practical data protection issues for employers. The key takeaway points are set out below: Brexit and Data Protection The Data Protection Act 2018 continues to apply in the UK...

Flexible Working and Employee Mental Health
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

This is the final article in a series reflecting on employee mental health and wellbeing challenges that employers are currently facing. It focuses on how employers can support employee mental health going forwards. Flexible future? If COVID-19 has done one thing at the very least, it is to open employers’ eyes to different and more creative ways of working...

Pension Schemes Bill Receives Royal Assent
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

The Pension Schemes Bill received Royal Assent on 11 February 2021, becoming the Pension Schemes Act 2021. Originally introduced into Parliament in Autumn 2019, the Act covers a mix of pensions-related matters which we outline in this article. Parts One and Two set out the legislative framework for establishing a collective money purchase scheme, commonly known as a collective defined contribution scheme (Part Two extends this to Northern Ireland)...

Warning to Employers to Keep Equal Opportunities Training Updated
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

A summary of the decision in Allay (UK) Limited v S Gehlen and a reminder to employers to keep equal opportunities training up to date to be able to rely on the all reasonable steps defence under s 109 (4) of the Equality Act 2010. It is common for employers to provide employees with equal opportunities training, to underpin workplace culture as well as to prevent discrimination from taking place. A recent case, however, provides a salutary reminder to keep such training up to date...

Bulletin Real Time: Latest News
Brigard Urrutia, February 2021

Modifications to the obligation to disclose information by issuers of securities The National Government issued a new rule that modifies the provisions relating to the obligation to disclose information by issuers of securities, in accordance with the parameters set by the International Organization of Securities Commissions...

Changes Afoot at the NLRB Under the New Administration
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, February 2021

With the ushering in of a new administration, several changes have quickly taken place at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Within hours of taking office, the Biden administration removed Trump appointee NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb and replaced him with interim General Counsel Peter Ohr.  (Ohr may only serve as acting General Counsel for 40 days, per the National Labor Relations Act, unless the administration submits a nomination to the Senate...

Do You Really Have Zero Tolerance for Bullying and Harassment? Your Answer May be Costly
Lawson Lundell LLP, February 2021

Workplace harassment is once again in the news given our former Governor General’s resignation from her post after a 132 page investigation report was issued following accusations of a toxic work environment at Rideau Hall. While the Government of Canada took the correct steps in hiring an independent investigator once the allegations surfaced, meeting with all witnesses, and then meeting with Ms...

EEOC Revises Enforcement Guidance on Religious Discrimination
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, February 2021

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently updated its Compliance Manual Section on Religious Discrimination, seeking to clarify how Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) protects individuals from religious discrimination in the workplace. The enforcement guidance also discusses the legal protections available to religious employers, which have been bolstered in recent years...

Employee Board-Level Representation
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, February 2021

Introduction The employee’s right to be represented on the Board of Directors («BoD») is governed in the Limited Liability Companies Act (Nw: aksjeloven) and the Public Limited Liability Companies Act (Nw: allmennaksjeloven). We will in the following refer to the Limited Liability Companies Act («the Company Act»), as the wording is the same...

Can Employers Justify Compelling Employees to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?
ENSafrica, February 2021

South African law currently does not have any legislation that specifically requires employees to take the COVID-19 vaccination. The president was also emphatic that no one would be forced to take the vaccination, which is being rolled out in a governmental attempt to vaccinate 67% of the population (approximately 40-million people in South Africa)...

Labour Court Hands Down New Judgment on Business Rescue
ENSafrica, February 2021

The South African Airways (“SAA”) saga continues, with another Labour Court judgment handed down on 8 February 2021. Given the financially parlous position that SAA has been in, even throughout its business rescue proceedings, the Department of Public Enterprises (“DPE”), SAA’s sole shareholder and sole lender, offered SAA employees a salary settlement agreement...

COVID-19 in the Workspace: Is Enough Enough?
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

You’ve attended the webinars on navigating COVID-19. You’ve read the trade publication tips. You have implemented measures to protect your workers. So, you’re ahead of the game, right? Well, you’re certainly ahead of the Florida sheriff who reportedly instructed his employees not to wear masks in the offce. If a visitor entered Sheriff Billy Wood’s offce with a mask, they were reportedly instructed to remove it...

Redefining Public Private Partnerships: National Summit
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Over the next decade, challenges around public funding and a shift in live/work priorities will create an increasing need for public-private collaboration as we seek to rebuild and regenerate our towns and cities in a post-Covid and post-Brexit climate...

USCIS Releases H-1B Lottery Information: Registration Process Begins March 9
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2021

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released long-awaited guidance on the 2021 H-1B lottery process. The service announced it would continue with a random-selection lottery for 2021. The registration system will be open from noon Eastern March 9, 2021 to noon Eastern March 25, 2021 and the entry fee will be $10 for each case entered into the system.  USCIS also announced plans to delay the Trump-era wage-based lottery registration through Dec...

New South African National Minimum Wage and Earnings Threshold
ENSafrica, February 2021

On 8 February 2021, two significant developments took place in the employment law arena. These will have far-reaching implications for employers and employees alike. New earnings threshold First, the so-called “earnings threshold” has been increased for the first time since July 2014. Previously the earnings threshold was ZAR205 433.30. As from 1 March 2021, the new earnings threshold will be ZAR211 596.30 per year (approximately ZAR17 633.00 per month)...

Coronavirus: Employment Support Measures
PLMJ, February 2021

Following the renewal of the state of emergency, Decree 3-A/2021 of14January of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, determines the closure of various types of establishments. Inthiscontext, the employment support measures were amended by Decree-Law 6-C/2021 of 15 January and Decree-Law 6-E/2021 of15January, which we summarised below. 1...

Frontier Workers – What the New Guidance Means for You
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Our latest Brexit Insight: Immigration series of webinars focusses on the impact of Brexit on workers and businesses since 31 December 2020. Our Immigration expert, Rachel Harvey, kicked off the first session by discussing the issues surrounding the new frontier worker permit and eligibility, including what a frontier worker is, what a frontier worker permit provides and what your obligations are as an employer for the next 6 months and beyond...

Frontier Workers – What the New Guidance Mans for You
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Our latest Brexit Insight: Immigration series of webinars focusses on the impact of Brexit on workers and businesses since 31 December 2020. Our Immigration expert, Rachel Harvey, kicked off the first session by discussing the issues surrounding the new frontier worker permit and eligibility, including what a frontier worker is, what a frontier worker permit provides and what your obligations are as an employer for the next 6 months and beyond...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Regional Stay-at-Home Orders Lifted as California Returns to Tiered COVID System; Companies and Landlords Consider Ramifications of Mandatory Vaccine Programs
Buchalter, February 2021

On January 25, the State of California lifted its previously enacted emergency stay-at-home order for all 58 counties. The stay-at-home orders were put in place at the beginning of December and were designed to help ease the burden on ICUs throughout the state, which were becoming increasingly inundated with new COVID-19 patients...

Vietnam: New Decree 152 Outlines Key Changes on Foreign Employment and Recruitment Policies for Vietnamese Personnel Hired by Foreign Companies
DFDL, February 2021

On 30 December 2020, the Government of Vietnam issued Decree No. 152/2020/ND-CP (“Decree 152”) which will take effect on 15 February 2021 and replace Decree No. 11/2016/ND-CP of the Government of Vietnam dated 3 February 2016 (“Decree 11”), Decree No. 75/2014/ND-CP of the Government of Vietnam dated 28 July 2014 (“Decree 75”) and its corresponding amendments and supplemental decrees...

OSHA Releases Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing Spread of COVID-19 in Workplaces
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2021

On Jan. 29, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released updated guidance regarding mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. Important highlights are as follows. First, the guidance emphasizes that employers should implement a COVID-19 prevention program for the workplace...

The First ‘MeToo’ Case before the Supreme Court
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, February 2021

1. Background to the case The case concerned a young, female employee in a mechanical workshop, who felt she had been sexually harassed by two of the enterprise’s customers. Customer No 1 had on one occasion, while the female employee was sitting on the floor in a forward-leaning position, performing work, put his hands on her lower back, under her top...

Acceptance of Evidence Obtained through Social Media Platform
Shearn Delamore & Co., February 2021

Introduction In the recent Industrial Court Award of Azffanizam bin Abd v Prince Court Medical Centre Sdn Bhd [Award No.11 of 2021] dated 4 January 2021, the Industrial Court accepted evidence taken from social media in dismissing a claim of forced resignation...

 

 

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